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WaPo Suspends Dave Weigel WITHOUT PAY for a Month, in Effort to Appease Supreme Commissar Felicia Sonmez

Posted on | June 7, 2022 | Comments Off on WaPo Suspends Dave Weigel WITHOUT PAY for a Month, in Effort to Appease Supreme Commissar Felicia Sonmez

“Felicia is sure doing a great job of dispelling
that old sexist stereotype of feminists
as vindictive, humorless bitches, eh?”

That was my text message to Dave Weigel after I found out the Washington Post gave him a month’s suspension without pay for retweeting a joke. They did this, of course, in a desperate (and almost certainly futile) attempt to placate the implacable Felicia Sonmez.

As I said Sunday, Sonmez is one of those “woke” tattletales who remind me of Stasi informers. Any organization that hires such people is inviting destruction on itself. You can’t have a team spirit in the workplace if your employees feel like they are constantly being monitored by snitches who are going to report them to Human Resources if they say something a snitch might deem “offensive.” It boggles my mind that Sonmez has already brought a bogus “discrimination” lawsuit against the Post, and yet is allowed to play the role of Internal Security Commissar by calling out any colleague who retweets a joke of which she disapproves.

This is important work, you see — no one must be allowed to laugh without prior permission from Supreme Commissar Felicia.

Ace of Spades on Weigel’s suspension:

I have a feeling this won’t be the last punishment. Once one SJW has “marked” you — like a shark nipping you — the rest of the sharks smell the blood in the water and soon the frenzy begins.
You will begin reading stories about Dave Weigel’s prior Awkward Moments with women, and within two weeks a #MeToo Docket will be anonymously constructed about him.
And I don’t really hate him, but: He did pick this side. I’m not rooting for his undoing, but I wouldn’t lift a finger to stop it, either.

Ace isn’t the only one of my conservative friends who “wouldn’t lift a finger” on Dave’s behalf, but for myself, I still count Dave as a friend. I’ve known him more than 15 years, since he was a reporter for Reason, and probably owe him a favor or two. Of course, there’s nothing I could do to help him with his situation at the Post — where he might be forced to deny he even knows me — but I feel obligated to point out that Dave is an actual honest-to-God reporter, the kind who goes out on the road, talks to real human beings and takes notes, rather than sitting in front of a laptop making up phony narratives about people on social media, which seems to be Taylor Lorenz’s job description.

It was the same way a dozen years ago, when some of Dave’s “friends” on the Left decided to get him fired from the Post because he had the audacity to defend Ron Paul. Some of my conservative friends were doing a sack dance over Dave’s firing, but I called him up and offered him some advice: Where you go next, make sure that a travel budget is part of the deal. He signed on with Slate a few weeks later and, sure enough, a travel budget was included. Because that’s what Dave does best, really — The Man on the Scene, in an era when every other “journalist” in America seems to spend most of their time ranting on Twitter.

There is still a need for basic shoe-leather reporting in America, and that’s what Dave Weigel is best at. So this suspension from the Washington Post ought to be seen as an opportunity for some other news organization to grab Weigel and put him to work with (a) a guaranteed travel budget and (b) a promise he’ll never be fired for RT’ing a joke.

Meanwhile, Commissar Felicia is still ranting on Twitter.



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